Smitten with Dan Brown: Review of Inferno by Dan Brown

Posted by Steph on May - 22 - 2013
Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)

Inferno #4
Dan Brown
Adult Fiction
Rating 5

So I’ve been away from my computer for days…My excuse; Dan Brown (and Summer Reading Program madness blurgh :S ).  I know a lot of people are giving horrible reviews of this book, but, honestly, I loved it.  Dan Brown is one of the few popular “niche” writers I enjoy reading. Sure his writing is pretty formulaic and you can tell it is definitely a “Dan Brown book,” but they are fun and I find them to be interesting because of how they make me think about the world while I’m reading them. Yes, I know the ideas in his books take real facts and then put them into extraordinary circumstances, but having books based in facts is a cool idea.  (I love researching the facts in his books just to “double-check” them and see what really is out there.) Plus, the descriptions in a few of his books, especially the Langdon series, make me add places to my “Need to Travel to List” (Paris, Turkey, Italy…the list is never-ending).   Ok, enough defending Dan Brown, he is far richer than me so I don’t feel too bad for him I just don’t want people thinking this book is terrible just because some people want to rant about how horrible it is he has another book out.

Anywho,  Inferno was far better than the last book in the series, Lost Symbol , which I quite honestly detested (mainly for one reason which I won’t state here because it is a major spoiler).  Inferno centers around Dante and his famous work The Divine Comedy, a madman with an overzealous belief in overpopulation, and some very interesting characters.  Having never read the entire Divine Comedy (and not liking what I tried to read in college a few years ago) I was skeptical of this one, but a thorough understanding of Dante and Hell is not necessary as Brown, of course, provides plenty of facts about the writer, the literature, the time period, and all kinds of other fun stuff.  The story moves along quickly like all of Brown’s other novels, making it hard to find a place to stop reading for the night.  Plus, having read all of Dan Brown’s other books before, I honestly did not guess the ending to this one!

So, yes I do admit to enjoying Dan Brown books : )

Did you like this book? Are you a fan of Dan Brown?  Are there any formulaic or niche writer’s you enjoy reading?

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4 Responses so far.

  1. eutektosmag says:

    When I was in high school (not so long ago,) I read several Dan Brown books. They are fun, light reads. The hullabaloo sounded by book critics is, for what its worth, one-handed clapping. They do it because they can, and because it sounds like a cool thing to do.
    Brown isn’t very fancy, but he doesn’t need to be. He sells because he tells. He tells a story. And, admittedly, he tells it well enough to keep people glued and coming back for more. In this age where storytellers have to resort to pricing their Kindle books at bargain book prices to sell, he has survived and crafted some scintillating reads.
    I applaud your review. Thanks for going against the grain, hearing a positive dissenting opinion on Dan Brown is always a breath of fresh air.

    -C.F.

  2. Steph says:

    Thank you! I was a bit surprised by all of the negativity I saw about this one online. And I agree, he must be telling his stories well enough to sell them like he does. Critics really shouldn’t be surprised that this book is similar to his other ones, as the last 6 of his novels are written in the same fashion, which is what keeps a lot of people reading them. He has just found his niche so I’m guessing that’s where he will be staying.

  3. I enjoy his books, and I am looking forward to reading this one-they are fun!
    Great review